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welcome to the program. the rescue operation. and the. special treatment of patients. reports from. investigators are combing through the remains of that psychiatric hospital here in the village of about sixty kilometers away from moscow and they're trying to find what on earth actually had put it in the early hours of this morning when fire broke out in the building and swept through it killing thirty eight people the fire started around two am say locals in the village and it spread quickly lots of people not being able to make
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it out in time but when the emergency services arrived after an hour it was already too late to save those a side three did escape a nurse who stumbled through the smoke and grab someone on her way out one of the patients and another patient who did manage to escape without her help there are contradictory accounts as to what exactly happened in those frantic minutes as the fire swept through the building we've heard various. theories and various statements of what people consider to be facts but which contradict each other earlier on it was posited that perhaps bars on the windows stopped people from escaping earlier on the police spokesman said that he only saw bars on one or two windows journalists are not currently allowed close enough to try and verify how many of those windows are easily accessible or not locals say that it wasn't the kind of hospital that put people under medication and that nobody was under
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medication but spokesman again say that as far as they're concerned they think that probably people were under medication there which obviously would have made it much harder for them to escape but we also spoke earlier to a fire safety expert who talked about some of the other complications there me of being their lives or their lives. when all preventative measures are taken and constant training and evacuation drills are held the amount of victims and material damage goes down demand. nick lethal in this situation limited opportunities for evacuation accounted for the poor response during the fire it's possible that personnel were unable to deal with so many people in a state of panic but best to gates is the idea to have changed as they've gone through the wreckage they currently think the most likely explanation at the moment is that one of the patients there said by a local to be a recovering drug addict would like to see. in this hospital left
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a cigarette burning on the sofa investigators say they're pretty sure that's where the fire started that has now been upgraded to that theory above a previous theory that it was more of an electrical fault or a short circuit that started the fire investigators are not ruling that else ability out. correspondent tom barton right there now there have been similar deadly fires at russian medical facilities in recent years lindsey france text back . there is a troubling legacy of this sort of thing taking place in this country most recently in two thousand and nine in russia's republic of komi in an elderly care facility it was twenty three people that lost their lives in this blaze was very difficult to get out for many of these people being pensioners and relying on first responders to get out of the building and two thousand and seven in the city of tula at another elderly care home on november fourth thirty two people died now two hundred forty seven were able to escape with their lives in that blaze and then
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just a year earlier about in december two thousand and six there was a very tragic weekend here in russia actually in siberia on december ninth there was a fire at a mental hospital and nine people died in that blaze two hundred fifteen escaped now just twenty four hours prior to this fire there was a loss of life to the tune of about forty five people who died in a drug treatment facility in moscow and they were gross safety violations in that case many of them dying from smoke inhalation many of the windows were barred and the exits were blocked or locked so unfortunately in some of these cases there are gross safety violations but when you're dealing with the medical facilities some of these patients are sedated at night so in order to get them out there need to be huge amounts of first responders to get them out of the building so of course as this investigation proceeds in this this latest fire we're talking about today we'll we'll see if medication had anything to do with it or if they were gross
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safety violations. and i we've got a first hand accounts from doctors law enforcement officers on the eyewitnesses along with the latest pictures from the scene of the blaze on our web site all just a click away and also you don't come. from britain has a code of the claims coming from the united states saying it has growing evidence the syrian troops have used chemical weapons logged and saying it's extremely serious some in washington claim the red. line has now been crossed by the assad government this has to blame syrian rebels for a chemical attack near aleppo this march and remains that resolute that its army has never use such weapons let's get more on this now sara for joining us here on the line and sara to see you there you are live in london where is the u.k. getting this information regarding a possible usage of chemical weapons. what we saw very quickly the u.k. foreign office echoing the u.s.
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claims saying that they have limited but persuasive evidence they think once had been needed that him in person there have been some pools that have been tested one of the science laboratories and that there have been some results from that but of course there are growing questions a for exactly what this hard evidence is and if we look at the rest because what we saw the u.s. saying with varying degrees of confidence and you look at that sort of language the limited persuasive evidence well a lot of people saying that that points towards an actual difference of opinion within the intelligence community itself and of course the situation is incredibly hard to verify the information we saw after the attack in aleppo this sort of claim and counterclaim between damascus and the rebel groups and i think very very difficult indeed to know exactly what's being used if indeed it is being used whether it's taking place and the u.n.
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investigation of course into aleppo that ended up being still damascus blocking that after they called for the investigation to be white and say say far we haven't really seen that hard evidence and say a heap of questions these latest statements you know certainly already some critics suggesting there's more speculation than fuck do these are allegations of a chemical attack or a chemical weapons being used in syria as most people know syria now is absolutely a war torn state does anybody really know who's still in charge. well it's very difficult and i think that's part of the problem when you have these statements coming out we heard the prime minister speaking in an interview saying that you know the u.k. again agrees with the u.s. view of chemical weapons which represents a red line because it's incredibly hot snow as he said exactly what it is this being used the u.s. claim that they've got evidence of the nerve agent sarin that's being this being nice but then you have to mask it saying that they have evidence of the rebels are
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using that same agent so incredibly difficult to verify and lots of this information comes from video from claims from those inside the country it's a very complex civil war we heard one of the rebel commanders in an interview he had said that actual defectors within the syrian army are now being asked by the free syrian army to remain where they are so that they can prevent the chemical weapons and armored vehicles falling into the hands of extremist groups so if it's just another twist in what he said is an incredibly complex situation on the ground that in light of the recent statements and the prime minister here in the u.k. echoing what the u.s. is that it has he says that there is no hard evidence as yet that chemical weapons have actually been used in the country and i think that highlights really why it's a vital and why there's been so much action to try and get the u.n.
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investigated that all in the ground to try and get some of this verification because of course very hard to base very important decisions about what will be the next steps that countries like the u.s. and the k. without the hard evidence to base these decisions on or to course want to serve for a larger long thank you. well and with a conflict of brewing and water on syria alarming reports show europeans are heading there in their hundreds willing to join the islamist rebel fighters or report on that is just ahead for you. and are looking for leeway jailed member of the pussy riot punk band is hoping to see her two year sentence cut short this at a parole hearing in central russia we have the latest from the court after a short break. we'll get to the future makes two pewters these days so super is the memory for
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international airport in the very heart of moscow. it's good of you to join us here on arts here on river sushi in moscow hundreds of young europeans are heading to syria. joining radical militants there fueling fears of how the e.u. should deal with them on their return to the blocks antiterrorist said this worrying trend is posing a serious threat to european security a belgium has launched a crackdown on islamist networks arresting several individuals suspected of recruiting fight has. filed this report. syria's two year old conflict is already seen to spill over some neighboring countries but now it is extended far beyond that it's estimated that hundreds of europeans from fourteen countries mostly young men have joined the levels of syria in fighting against
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bashar al assad london based international center for the study verticalization put the tall figure at six hundred. well here and there were built for the leading coverage on radicalization of young people as recently focused on one specific story that of a father in search of the son of dimitri wanted sort of radical islamism group that had gone to syria to join the fight father had gone all the way they are hoping to bring this somebody. built planes are flying overhead all the time when we are on the streets or inside a building we have a bomb was dropped on us i haven't had a contact with youyou and we should meet here in aleppo we spoke with dimitris lawyer who's in constant contact with him and he says the father is hell bent on finding his eighteen year old son. we don't expect that you will send me to syria i think that's that's clear so that's what we're also why didn't he was most eager
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to go himself he said i want to do something for myself a son who started changing about three years ago a problem with to us that at a certain moment he was influenced by some radical list he made cuts which some people on the streets and there was also a story about. told love. girlfriend didn't it didn't work out and there was some frances say ok come with us and very slowly started it he was really influenced and really brave was that are the words of my client he grew a beard. started wearing other clothes. pretty for every five times a day things like that so it was a little bit awkward for some of fifteen sixteen years also he was really under influence of radical radical people this groupie you had come into contact with shari'a for belgium a radical islamism group whose leader followed belka some have been arrested for
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hate speech calls justifying the use of violence. there is a judgement day if you're if you're a muslim you're go to paradise if you are this believer you will go to hell terrorism expert blood many cases the rise of radicalized this is alarming many of whom are easy prey the first. question is why they convert and usually they don't convert because. they convert because of a problem. one month in their life most of them have no political ideas and they go to fight because the fact. and their goal is to fight if they were. me listen to convince the. insect chops and the people who live just talk and for the convincing them that to be good in the scene they want to go to so you have to say no or took
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a beating at the door to take the. authorities are being equal oser attention with alert levels heightened while worried family members of some the youth fighting area have been calling for a clampdown on radical groups the best they could do short of going to syria themselves although that may not be completely out of the question does or sylvia r.t. antwerp in belgium and i while the u.k. has been promising more support to the syrian rebels british volunteers are joining the battle of put intelligence services on high alert for the u.k.'s foreign secretary william hague warned that those radicalized while fighting alongside islamist militants could launch terror attacks on their return home now among all the european countries the u.k. has seen the largest contingent of its citizens had to fight in syria since the beginning of the conflict in two thousand and eleven let's look at some of the figures summed up in king's college london report the latest numbers we have for
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you right here on r.t. among all the european countries the u.k. has seen the largest contingent of its citizens had to fight in syria since the beginning of the conflict in twenty eleven but the numbers range anything from twenty eight to one hundred thirty four seventeen to seventy seven are still there on the battlefield and a friend who's managing the network against violent extremism he says the u.k. and other e.u. members should focus on monitoring those returning with combat experience from radical groups. there is a threat which emanates from those individuals who have been radicalized overseas and come back because they will be far more effective terrorist operators than individuals just radicalizing in their front room because they only receive training in terms of what the europeans can do to counter this threat and it's very important for them to monitor not just people who need it but almost more so individuals coming back because we've seen this happen before in afghanistan in the
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eighty's bosnia in the ninety's and iraq in the two thousand that those individuals that have gone overseas receive combat training and come back can encourage others to go and do the scent and also can provide training and leadership to organizations which which wish to cause harm to europe there is this pretty elements involved in people becoming extremists there's a grievance element there's an ideology element and then there is the capacity to actually carry out attacks and we've seen great work on in terms of capacity the security services take care of that and in terms of grievance we have seen some work in your bring these communities close to the stage but that middle section is missing. well many believe the boston marathon bombings were the product of radicalized youth as well on our web site r.t. dot com we have more details which have just come to light that the suspected attackers were reportedly planning to carry out another bombing this time in new york's times square. and another hounded fall
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sharing giant pirate bay now seeking exile in iceland. and greenland the full story. home. for now one of the jailed pussy riot band members is hoping to win release from prison today and. his parole hearing is currently under way in central russia she received a two year sentence for hooliganism last summer for her group's impromptu performance at moscow's christ the savior cathedral. following proceedings the biggest question of course is whether an idea of the law of the member of the pussy riot band will be able to walk free following this hearing her defending louis points to the fact that first of all her behavior since the conviction well she's been spending her prison time here in central russia has been relatively good there have been complaints also she has a five year old child and also she has already received several job offers while being in detention while being in prison which from the legal point of view makes
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her eligible for parole especially given the fact that she's already spent her conviction half a prison term behind bars already one of the other members of the. band has already been released on parole some would say that the hearing of the other members will be reviewed later in may it is the last attempt. to walk free before her prison term expires next year because the next time she would be able to file an appeal. if she gets a negative decision today will be only in six months the right. saga started in february twenty eighth well when the band performed a political protest a so-called punk prayer in russia's main cathedral the crisis savior cathedral in moscow. twenty twelve they were convicted two years in prison for them ever since this story has been making huge ways both in russia domestically and
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internationally with many of those saying in the streets that these women do in fact deserve their prison term for offending religious views of many in russia and violating the law while many others have been protecting them defending them saying that such a long prison sentence was completely unjustified the battle so received support from idols like madonna rock bands like red hot chili peppers worldwide so it's been definitely causing huge media attention as well in this court building which i'm standing right now here almost three hundred journalists have crammed in despite that it's only able to fit about one hundred people so this all shows that this saga is definitely causing a huge interest worldwide and it's interesting to see whether this new twist will bring rather unexpected deliverance and in the long run. and you can stay on top of all the latest developments from the courthouse via. twitter feed constant updates from the parole hearing for the jailed pussy riot member and more.
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into the aussie world cup there we go let's check out some other global headlines for you in brief this hour starting with bangladesh where hundreds of thousands of protesting factory workers clashed with police after nearly three hundred of a colleague died when a building collapsed earlier this week police used tear gas and rubber bullets as roads were blockaded textile factories attacked the authorities have come under fire for negligence after it was revealed factories in the doomed building continue to run despite noticeable cracks in a structure the death toll is now close to three hundred rescuers continue to extract. bush an election convoy in the southern philippines late on thursday killing thirteen and wounding ten local mayors daughter and relatives were among the victims police say the attack was carried out by fifteen assailants possibly from a rival clan it was during the country's or two thousand and nine elections more
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than fifty died in polling violence including thirty to journalists. the taliban is continuing its sold in the run up to pakistan's general election this time leaving six dead and nine injured and double attacks on polling offices of five were killed and eight injured when a bomb planted on a motorbike went off in correct gionta the day earlier in the day another office was hit by a grenade calls for a general strike against the wave of pre-election violence business to a standstill in karachi on friday. the hunger strike by inmates in the notorious one ton of my bay prison has now officially reached ninety seven and nineteen of those are being force fed lawyers for the prisoners claim those figures are much higher some inmates have been starving themselves for nearly eighty days over abuse of rights and their indefinite detention without charge the obama administration's recently announced plans to keep the facility open and despite mounting reports of
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abuse. iraqi authorities say troops backed by tanks of retaken control of a sunni town north of the capital baghdad gunmen seized the area on thursday after a massive firefight with security forces is the worst spate of violence since u.s. forces pulled out in two thousand and eleven and there are fears the situation could only deteriorate further deepening political tom all that's left the shiite dominated government deadlocked in its efforts to rule a country made up of radically different groups. just returned from iraq gave my colleague. take on the violence. iraq is a country that is divided into three major areas you have for example over here this is the largely sunni provinces over here is the semi autonomous kurdish region below which are certain disputed areas and this is the largely shiite area of iraq now the incidents the latest wave of violence really began near kirkuk this is
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close to the town of her wheelchair where demonstrators have been camped out for several months now on tuesday. things came to a bloody boiling point when government forces had raided the area the government says that the protesters had opened fire the demonstrators meanwhile say that these security officials are the ones who opened fire first result of which was at least fifty people killed and hundreds wounded now why the protesters were in here in all these areas the sunni areas that sit back down now they've basically been protesting against the government they say that the policies of prime minister nuri al maliki this is the shiite led government has resulted in their oppression this is what they say and news of the attacks there in the region had spread very quickly and that's what's behind this latest spate of violence we saw attacks and those will in other areas north of baghdad in the anbar province and people feel that this was perhaps retribution perhaps basically just that all that broke the
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camel's back with essentially largely peaceful demonstrations turning into now violent escalations and expressions of outrage frankly in order for things to essentially deescalate there has to be changes in policy as we were in fallujah talking to the protesters they feel that the way the very structure of the government this is a sectarian government this is part of the constitution that has been written in large part with the help of the u.s. that divides iraq i mean it divides iraq constitutionally and these protesters say that unless there's a change in policies they're not going to stop coming out that they're not going to go back to their homes and stop these demonstrations and be the impetus for this violence right now has been the physical clashes that took place and i don't really see a situation where the protesters will just say ok we're done we're going to go home now they want massive change. this edition of a technology update is next in just a moment.
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this is a mysterious c. m no this is not a fifty's beside fi movie slogan it is what a.b.c. news is trying to find out when they investigated how lean finally textured beef is produced this type of quote beef has become very widespread throughout fast food restaurants and supermarkets in the usa and has led to its south dakota based manufacturer posting profits in the hundreds of millions of dollars but so what's wrong with some processed before might ask well the reporting showed that ammonia and other rough chemicals were doused on to the meat to kill e-coli bacteria and make it safe for consumption although this product is for some reason legal the films about to create public backlash and many companies gave up ordering the mysteriously and finally took should be ok while the mainstream media for once
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